Hands on with the Khan Academy iPad app
Khan Academy fans, fire up your App Stores: The online video tutorial powerhouse has released a native iPad app to give learners anytime, anywhere access to the thousands of lectures available on the site. In spite of my reservations of Khan Academy (more on that in a moment) I’ve downloaded it and kicked the tires a bit–here are some initial thoughts.
The application itself is a nicely-done video viewer. Two key features jump out: First, a timestamped transcript, making it easy to follow along with transcribed videos (not all videos have transcripts yet); and second, the ability to download videos (with their transcripts) for offline access–great for taking Khan Academy with you on the plane or on road trips.
Now, about those reservations–by and large, I think Salman Khan is doing great work toward replacing the textbook. I said textbook. What I’ve realized is that maybe my reservations about these video tutorials have less to do with the tutorials themselves and more about the ways they’re being used (or being suggested to use) by otherwise well-meaning educators and billionaires. Video lectures–regardless of their quality–are not the “future of educations.” They are part of the future of education, maybe, but they’re not the panacea I fret too many people make them out to be.
If you disagree with me, let me have it in the comments below.
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